Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Austria
schloss-eggenberg.at

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The once strongest beer in the world is back! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001

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#3,364
Reviews:
1,114
Ratings:
2,091
pDev:
16.42%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly reddish brown in colour, quite red against the light. Tastes almost as if it's infused with whisky or bourbon - quite boozy in taste. Much less viscuous than I thought it would be given its alcohol. Smells almost as if it's barrel-aged. Sharp yet sweet initial taste that settles into sweet afterwards.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Styles for pulling this out of his cellar and bringing it by - 2007 vintage. Samichlaus pours a light-ish copper color when you're looking down from the top, but appears like a much darker burnt sienna and ruby red from the side. No head, partially expected from a six year old, 14% ABV beer of this stature.

The aroma is a bit... misleading at first, to say the least. I guess I didn't really know what to expect. It's definitely very sweet, lightly vinous, and certainly a bit boozy, maybe even more than you'd think. Lightly sweet fruits mellow out the edges a bit - raisin and plums, with a solid caramel underbody.

A little bit into it, I start to get a weird, hard-to-identify spice. Almost like oregano, but I know that can't be it. It's not bad, though. It's just a head-scratcher, but it makes for interesting speculation. For such a potent brew, the aroma is quite laid back and borderline simple; it doesn't show much variance, even as it warms up. I would have liked to see a wider variety of aromas.

Samichlaus may be listed as a doppelbock, but if you bought this expecting a stronger version of Celebrator, you were sadly mistaken. The taste is much more potent than the aroma and hits with a strong pungency of flavor that's hard to pin down at first. Syrupy and thick, little hints of maple, brown sugar, and a super-sweet boozy flavor that romps the palate hard.

The dark fruits are certainly present; figs, dates, and raisins that have been soaked in rubbing alcohol and tossed with a light, sugary coating. Almost caramel-apple and cinnamon-like in the aftertaste, though the booze and sugar aspects are still quite heavy. Smooth mouth feel with almost no carbonation, medium-thick bodied and somewhat sticky.

Definitely interesting to try this 2007 vintage. Interesting take on the a doppelbock, which is seeming more and more like a last minute "catch all" category due to large variances present within the style. Heavily boozy and potent, sticky and sweet, yet despite that, Samichlaus may just be a bit boring and doesn't really exceed expectations in any category. Above average and something that obviously ages well, but nothing I would reach for regularly.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Bottled in 2010"

I think I'm getting drunk just smelling this beer. Wow.

A: Beautiful amber-ruby hue with a quickly-building, white, bubbly head that fades very quickly. Didn't expect any bubbles whatsoever so that's a surprise. Huuuge legs which makes sense given the ABV %.

S: Oh. My. Goodness. Complex! Super dark, dried fruits, tart pectin, raisins, wood, burnt and caramelized sugar, Port, and boooze! An intimidating aroma to say the least.

T: Way more mellow and balanced in the flavor compared to the aroma. Just as complex and exploding with sweet, sugary flavors. The roasted malt and woody qualities show themselves immediately. The sweetness really hangs around. A true warming, tasty sipper of a beer.

M: Extremely smooth, very sweet but not cloying, and obviously quite boozy. Has many Port qualities to it.

O: A very special and unique beer. I was intimidated by the label and the ABV % but it's really just an enjoyable, strong, interesting beer. A great sipper!

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2007 Samichlaus, served in a snifter glass.

Beautiful amber garnet hue with okay clarity, like an unpolished gemstone. Had to raise the bottle about a foot above the glass during the pour to get the mere hundred bubbles that I have now. They haven't quit yet, or should I say popped. Next to no head, in actuality, and that was evidenced by the lack of a hiss when it got cracked.

Liquoury malts with heavy toffee, raisin, candied peach, burnt sugar, caramel brittle, and booze. The booze is pretty quiet, actually. Lots of dark fruits, a hint of birch, shy vanilla, and treacle. Brandied, but not as brandied as I remember the fresher vintages.

Huge raisin and toffee notes, as is obvious. Big brandy flavors that are even vinous in their maltiness. Reminder of bitterness is hard to attribute to hops, but it's likely. Sweetness coats the roastiness of the grains. A little grape-y, like an ice wine. Alcohol is more present, but still way the hell tamed back. Amazing, in the way it's aged.

Very low carbonation. Medium-heavy body with decent stickiness. Totally subdued for 14%.

One beefy doppelbock, and apparently, that's how I like 'em. I always enjoy this beer. Thank goodness I have more.

***

Enjoyed on Thanksgiving 2013

'09 Samichlaus is mahogany dark red-brown and I got a sliver of off-white foam on top from an elevated pour. Big beers deserve a little help for the look.

Booze, brandy, dark fruits, hard tack candy, dark sugars, caramel malt, toffee sugar, maraschino cherry juice, raisin, and bock aromas.

Dark caramel, brandy, red grape, hard-tack, cherry, toffee, and more sweetness. Lots of booze and candi sugar with a doppelbock malt base that has been distorted to handle the high ABV. Tuned-up, like an eisbock, and I'm not sure of the exact lagering method. 14% is never laboring if it's drunk at a slow speed. A perfect winter warmer. Languid body with syrupy thickness and not much carb to propel it, it's still a remarkable drink. Just be careful.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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